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Lily's Ghosts [Kindle Edition]

Laura Ruby
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Description:

Lily is Furious.

She can't believe she has to move again after her mom's break-up with the latest loser boyfriend. Now they're broke and they'll have to spend the winter in Uncle Wes's creepy house in Cape May, New Jersey.

And the place is crawling with ghosts.

From the spiteful teenager who mistakes Lily for her high school nemesis to the restless spirit of her eccentric Uncle Max, Lily is haunted by a host of unhappy phantoms. But why are they here? And what do they want?

With the help of some mysterious clues, Lily and an intriguing new friend, local boy Vaz, uncover a sinister plot. If they don't foil the villainous plan in time, they may end up doing some haunting of their own.

Reviews and Awards:

"A slightly spooky, romantic mystery. This should be a movie just so ‘tweens and teens will come ask for the book." -- Kirkus Reviews (this text refers to the hardcover edition)

"Readers will keep turning pages to get to the (surprise) ending, but also because they'll be rooting for something good to happen to Lily." -- Miami Herald (this text refers to the hardcover edition)

* An Edgar Award Nominee for Best Juvenile Mystery
* A Parent's Choice Silver Honor for Fiction
* The Center for Children's Books Best Books of the Year List
* One of the Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best"
* One of the New York Public Library's Books for the Teenage
* A Sunshine State Award Book
* A Garden State Book Award Nominee
* A Rhode Island State Award Nominee

From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-A cast of eccentric characters plays out this intriguing story, which opens with an enticing description of Cape May, NJ, and the hint that ghosts might be hovering about. Lily, 13, and her mother have just moved to this shore community after her mother's breakup with her latest boyfriend. They take up residence in the old Victorian home owned by her mom's Uncle Wes, a relative with whom they have had little contact. Very soon, inexplicable things begin to happen: strange phone calls, objects changing location, jam in her shoes. Before long, Lily realizes that she is being haunted, and she resolves to solve a mystery from the past that involves her uncle's house and several of her relatives. The story shifts back and forth between her reality and a parallel world inhabited by ghosts, giving the book multiple dimensions and keeping readers guessing. A likable character, Lily is curious and courageous in her attempts to get to the bottom of things. A friendship develops between her and a local boy who helps her in her quest for the truth. Readers will be hooked right up to the surprising ending.
Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

"Ruby doesn't horrify so much as she insinuates in gracefully nuanced language that provides chilling support for the action. Make room for this first novel on the surefire ghost tale shelf." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A fast-paced, comic tale." -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"A spirited novel.. Readers will fly through the pages." -- Chicago Sun-Times

"Satisfying. A good bet for girls ages 10 through 14." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Sure to delight the reader…will tickle readers’ funny bones." -- Detroit Free Press

Excerpt:

The breathing got louder and louder and louder, huffing into panting, panting into roaring, until she had to clap her hands over her ears to drown it out. Vaz grabbed one of her wrists dragged her out the back door to the deck, slamming the door shut with his foot.

"Oh, man," he said, shaking his head. "You got ghosts."

About the Author:

Originally from the East Coast, Laura Ruby lives in Chicago area with her husband and two cats. She cannot be sure how many ghosts live with them.




Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-A cast of eccentric characters plays out this intriguing story, which opens with an enticing description of Cape May, NJ, and the hint that ghosts might be hovering about. Lily, 13, and her mother have just moved to this shore community after her mother's breakup with her latest boyfriend. They take up residence in the old Victorian home owned by her mom's Uncle Wes, a relative with whom they have had little contact. Lily is so horrified by a portrait of her other great uncle, a pale, frightening-looking young man, that she hides it in the closet. Very soon, inexplicable things begin to happen: strange phone calls, objects changing location, jam in her shoes. Before long, Lily realizes that she is being haunted, and she resolves to solve a mystery from the past that involves her uncle's house and several of her relatives. The story shifts back and forth between her reality and a parallel world inhabited by ghosts, giving the book multiple dimensions and keeping readers guessing. A likable character, Lily is curious and courageous in her attempts to get to the bottom of things. A friendship develops between her and a local boy who helps her in her quest for the truth. Readers will be hooked right up to the surprising ending. A good pick for fans of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Bernie and the Bessledorf Ghost (Atheneum, 1990).
Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Review

“Fun…pleasant humor, a combination mystery and making-new-friends tale.” (Chicago Tribune)

“A fast-paced, comic tale.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

“A spirited novel.. Readers will fly through the pages.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“Sure to delight the reader…will tickle readers’ funny bones.” (Detroit Free Press)

“Sharp-witted narrative and lively characters…intriguing.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Very well written and sprinkled with humor throughout. A great read.” (Meridian Magazine)

“Make room for this first novel on the surefire ghost tale shelf.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“Satisfying. A good bet for girls ages 10 through 14.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

“This should be a movie just so ‘tweens and teens will come ask for the book.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Product Details

  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Metro Books (April 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WE7DNC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hovering Over Me February 25, 2006
Format:Hardcover
This has got to be one of the better children's books around. Well, I know I haven't read that many children's books and I'm probably not the best judge, but I've read books where the protagonist sounds either too young or too old or too dumb or too smart or too secure for someone his/her age, and in this book, Lily sounds just perfect. She may be a bit mature for a thirteen-year-old, but she still has foibles, which makes her so believable as a human being. In fact, both Lily and Vaz are about the only characters from children's books who are so three-dimensional they continue to linger in my head after I've finished the book.

I also love the writing style. It is descriptive but also fast-paced. It seems like things keep happening. I'm only disappointed about a chapter near the end, in which the author definitely rushes through, trying to wrap everything up neatly in a few pages. A few things remain unclear, but since the climax is over, I'll choose to overlook that.

The cover is misleading, though. I originally picked up the book because I thought it was going to be a funny book, but it's not really ha-ha funny. In fact, it's kind of creepy at parts, and I'm above the targeted audience's age. Still, I don't regret reading this book. It's awesome.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great light & fun reading August 15, 2003
Format:Hardcover
I just finished reading Lily's Ghost on a 5 hour trip to Hawaii. It's very much in the vain of Harry Potter but with a female heroine and ghosts. My favorite parts were the interludes where the ghosts chat amongst themselves and live out their afterlife as part of today's world. The prose flows easily and smoothly - intellectual enough for an adult but easy enough for any kid who would appreciate Harry Potter. The ending is a nice twist that gets you thinking. An easy recommend for anyone who likes ghosts or coming of age stories.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Enjoyable Read! August 14, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Go to any bookstore and look at the titles in middle grade and YA shelves and you'll see plenty about ghosts. But Laura Ruby's novel rings true on so many levels, that it can't help but, well, "leap out at you."
LILY'S GHOSTS has a cast of hilarious ghosts haunting throughout Cape May, NJ, a terrific living town of characters (and sometimes that word "character" can be taken literally!) and a warm and witty style that draws the reader into the story. Readers from all backgrounds will find something in Lily that speaks to them, and the mystery she solves is wonderfully done. This is a novel that is asking real questions without giving us absolute answers.
A truly enjoyable read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! August 13, 2003
Format:Hardcover
It doesn't get better than this.
You will get goosebumps. From the ghosts that haunt Lily's uncle's house. From the spirits that linger on the beach. You'll also get them from the tingling excitement of the relationship developing between Vaz, Lily's partner in ghost-busting crime, and Lily herself.
What's most impressive here isn't the unforgettable characters, the bizarre goings-on in the haunted house, or the suspense that consistently builds until the end. It's the writing. Ruby knows how to hook a reader, in a most inconvenient way that will have you shrugging off all your prior commitments until you reach the end of this book. But it is so worth it.
You will be hoping for a sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book for kids August 29, 2003
By GHarrar
Format:Hardcover
This novel presents a real world and a ghost world side by side, and the young heroine, Lily, tries to keep the two straight. The setting of Cape May, New Jersey, is perfect for the odd goings-on. Young readers will have fun figuring out which strange things are caused by the mischievous ghosts and which by the malevolent people. A great read.
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Format:Hardcover
Thirteen-year-old Lily Crabtree doesn't want to live in Great-Uncle Wesley's Victorian mansion in Cape May, New Jersey, but that's where she and her mother end up after her mom's latest romance fizzles. It's bad enough that living in a seashore community in the winter is deadly dull, but Lily's cat, Julep, is staring at things that Lily can't see, an old Kewpie doll is following the girl around the drafty house and things keep disappearing and reappearing with maddening regularity. Her mother thinks Lily is making it all up, but Lily knows that something strange is happening in the family house. A chance meeting with a boy named Vaz (short for Vasilios) gives Lily a romantic interest and an ally, and the two join forces to discover the murderous secrets hidden in her family history. Ruby divides her effectively creepy ghost tale into two parts, the day-to-day activities of the living and the day-to-day activities of the dead, in serif and sans serif fonts, respectively, and the actions of individuals present and departed are humorously balanced to provide both historical context and local color. The foreshadowing is smoky but discernible, and the cumulative pace is just right for a suspenseful tale of murderous betrayal, vengeful ghosts, and
tragic rivalry. The atmospheres of haunted house and deserted seaside are delicately evoked, and concluding revelations move logically and inexorably into focus. Ruby doesn't horrify so much as she insinuates. Ruby doesn't horrify so much as she insinuates, in gracefully nuanced language that provides chilling support for the action. Make room for this first novel on the surefire ghost tale shelf.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lily's ghost
This is a book. A very good book. One of the best books about ghosts I've read. 👻 👻 👻
Published 25 days ago by Jonathan Erickson
5.0 out of 5 stars I am an older person that enjoys books with a nice story and this fit...
A very cute story that was fairly predictable but kept you reading. I am an older person that enjoys books with a nice story and this fit the bill. Read more
Published 4 months ago by kb
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This was a great book. It was a little confusing when it went to the middle, but otherwise, it's GREAT!
Published 4 months ago by M,McMahan
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a really enjoyable story.
I love reding ghost stories and although this was geared more towadr the young reders I really enjoyed this book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by June Savard
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it
It was a good book it has likable characters and of course my favorite Ghosts.It is a great mystery. Loved it
Published 6 months ago by Jenny Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
I love it. It is a fast-paced jarring suspenseful story for young and older readers. I suggest reading this book.
Published 7 months ago by pinkiepieponies
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly fun read
I was expecting a little less than what I got, so was pleasantly surprised. This is a young adult story, but don't feel that that fact should prevent you from reading it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kim F.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Ghost Story
In Ruby's novel, Lily's been dragged all over the country by her free-spirit mother; a new boyfriend means new town; "Computer Geek," Lily's name for Mom's most recent fling,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by debbieaheaton
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I love reading ghost staories, so when I received my Kindle this type of stories were one of my first downloads.
Published 20 months ago by satisfied
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery Adventure
I'm an adult, but occasionally go for a quick light read, and this fit the bill. The book is probably more geared to kids between 11-14, but that being said, I thought it was... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mail Debaser
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More About the Author

Laura Ruby is the author of books for adults, teens and children. Her titles include the Edgar-nominated tween mystery LILY'S GHOSTS (now updated for 2011), the children's fantasy THE WALL AND THE WING (3/06) and a sequel, THE CHAOS KING (5/07) all published by Harpercollins. She writes for older teens as well, and her debut young adult novel, GOOD GIRLS (9/06), also from Harpercollins, was a Book Sense Pick for fall 2006 and an ALA Quick Pick for 2007. She followed this with the teen novels PLAY ME (2008) and BAD APPLE (2009).

Her short fiction for adults has appeared in various literary magazines, including Other Voices and The Florida Review. A collection of these stories, I'M NOT JULIA ROBERTS, was published by Warner Books in January 2007. Called "hilarious and heart-wrenching" by People and "a knowing look at the costs and rewards of remaking a family," by the Miami Herald, the book was also featured in Redbook, Working Mother, and USA Today, among others.

Raised in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, Laura Ruby now lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two cats that serve as creative advisors.

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